Above: Daniel is dead. Or is he? 'The Spirit of Christmas'The Spirit of Christmas
The film opens with a murder. Part whodunnit, part romance, this grown-up festive film manages to be spooky in places yet overall tugs on the heart strings. The male lead, Thomas Beaudoin, is especially dashing, the acting and script are decent, and there's definite chemistry between the leads. Throw in a big mansion, cocktails, flashbacks to 100 years ago, and plenty of snow, and it's a firm contender for my favourite Channel 5 Christmas film. It's not your most obvious choice - it's refreshingly a child and animal free zone - but I loved it. If you watch any of these, watch this one!
The Spirit of Christmas is available for another few weeks, you can watch it at this link.
I had to laugh, I was zipping through the film to get a screenshot, and this is where it landed, ha! I hastily found a few other shots so that it doesn't look like I did this on purpose...
This is another good one, also with a fairly decent script and actors. The shepherd in question is a German Shepherd, owned by a children's book author who has been bereaved. In a violent storm, off runs the dog, and off goes the plot! Will the author find her dog? And romance? This is one for dog lovers (you'll weep). You can watch it on your computer at this link (ignore the small picture Channel 5 have on that page, which is actually from A Christmas Kiss!) but the link doesn't seem to be working properly at the time of writing this - you can try to watch the film through your TV catch-up service instead.
A Christmas Fairytale
This film is loosely based on the Beauty and the Beast fairy story. It's a truly awful film, possibly the worst Christmas film I've ever seen (and I've seen some shockers!). It's set in a hot and dusty vineyard, and is hampered by a very low budget - these factors combined mean that it's sorely lacking in festive cheer. They didn't even have enough money to have music at the ball, guests at the wedding, or decorations for the whole house (just the porch got some). Coupled with a stinkingly bad script, this one is one I regret watching to the end. Save yourselves, don't even start it! I'm not even giving you the link.
A Christmas Kiss
This film has fake girl camaraderie in buckets. It also has a wealthy bachelor needing his house decorated for a Christmas party. He calls in his bitchy girlfriend and her meek assistant. Why he needs mood boards and people to decorate for him is baffling, as the house isn't that big, and all they do is put up three trees and erect a fake Dickensian lamppost. It's bad, but it's still better than A Christmas Fairytale. I'll give you the link, and leave you to make your own mind up, you can watch it here.
Care to add your best and worst Channel 5 Christmas films to this list??